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CONTACT OUR ADVOCACY CHAIRPERSON Korista and ask how you can help out and get involved through Maple Hills PTA! secretary@maplehillspta.com. Korista is also the Advocacy Chair for the Issaquah PTSA Council. She can help you get in touch with more advocates at Region & State Levels!
 
GET LEGISLATIVE NEWS and keep on WSPTA's advocacy through the WA State PTA Grassroots Connection Blog. You can sign up for email updates at the blog site. 
 
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COME TO FOCUS DAY! 

What's Focus Day?
Focus Day draws WSPTA members to Olympia with the intent of giving them an in-person view of how the legislative process works, and how they can engage in it to advocate for their children.It also provides an opportunity for you to meet your local legislators and personally convey your priorities for your children. There will be focus on the"Top 5" WSPTA legislative priorities, which were decided by vote at the 2016 WSPTA Legislative Assembly. You can view details on each priority, as well as other supported issues and long-term resolutions at http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy/index.html.

 

"TOP 5"

Social Emotional Learning

Amply Fund Basic Education

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Standards for Paraeducators

Breakfast after the Bell

 

 

On the agenda, Governor Inslee and new Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will be speaking to us in the rotunda. The superintendent will share his vision for public education, and his top priorities for his first 100 days in office. You can view the governor's new budget and $3.9B proposals to resolve the "McCleary problem" here:

http://wsptagrassroots.blogspot.com/2016/12/governor-releases-education-budget-asks.html?utm_source=Real%20Magnet&utm_medium=INSERT_CHANNEL&utm_campaign=INSERT_LINK_ID

 Several people from Region 2 are working on setting up face to face meetings with legislators from districts 5 and 41. So far, there is an appointment set to meet with Jay Rodne at 2:30pm. You are welcome to attend this meeting!

Check out the WSPTA Focus Day webpage to see the full agenda, as well as other details about the day and helpful links. The link to register for Focus Day is also on this page. Kids are encouraged to attend, and there will be activities just for them on-site! You can also purchase boxed lunches on the registration page, or you can bring your own. Nearby food options are scarce, and the capitol cafeteria line can be very long! Focus Day page: http://www.wastatepta.org/meetings/focus_day/index.html

 
Focus Day Re-Cap from our Secretary and Advocacy Rep, Korista Smith-Barney. Korista and Dawn Carr, our Treasurer were able to attend. Korista says, "Almost 7,000 PTA people attended Washington State PTA Focus Day on Monday, including numerous parents, educators and students from Issaquah! They attended a rally on the Capitol steps and held meetings with legislators, advocating for Ample Funding for Education during this legislative session. Governor Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal spoke to the crowd about their plans for a fully funded and enriched education for students. It was an exciting day for education in Washington! "
 
 

HB 1059 – Delaying revisions to the school levy lid

This bill would allow a 12 month reprieve from the “levy cliff”. If it passes, this would give legislators another year to figure out how to fully fund education without relying on levies. In 2010, school districts were given authority to temporarily increase property tax levies by 4%. That allowance will expire at the beginning of 2018, in the middle of the next school year. That would mean a loss of about $7.5M to Issaquah schools next year. The good news is that the House has already voted to pass HB 1059. However, the Senate has not yet voted and there are some Senators that are expected to vote against this bill. They are listed below along with contact information. If you have friends or family in their districts, please urge them to contact these legislators!

Sample Letter:

I urge you to support HB 1059. Students are counting on you to keep teachers in classrooms next year. Our schools are trying to devise an operating budget for next year beforeApril 1st. They are faced with the stress of uncertainty, and the possibility of having to RIF teachers. Levy dollars are voter approved. We cannot afford to lose teachers or funding in our schools. Thank you for taking care of our students by voting to pass HB 1059.

Hans Zeiger
25th LD: includes Puyallup, Fife
360 786-7648
hans.zeiger@leg.wa.gov
 
John Braun
20th LD: includes Chehalis, Centralia, Castle Rock
360 786-7638
john.braun@leg.wa.gov
 
Joe Fain
47th LD: includes Auburn, Kent, Renton, Covington, Federal Way
360 786-7692
joe.fain@leg.wa.gov
 
Ann Rivers
18th LD: includes Vancouver, Ridgefield, Camas, Battle Ground, Washougal, La Center, Hockinson
360 786-7634
ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov
 
Mark Miloscia
30th LD: includes Algona, Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific
360 786-7658
mark.miloscia@leg.wa.gov
 
Jan Angel
26th LD: includes Bremerton, Port Orchard, Gig Harbor, Lakebay, Purdy
360 786-7650
jan.angel@leg.wa.gov
 
Dino Rossi
45th LD: includes Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Woodinville, Duvall
360 786-7672
dino.rossi@leg.wa.gov
 
Maureen Walsh
16th LD: includes Walla Walla, Prosser, Horse Heaven
360 786-7630
maureen.walsh@leg.wa.gov
 
Mark Schoesler
9th LD: includes Ritzville, Pullman, Colfax, St. John, Asotin
360 786-7620
mark.schoesler@leg.wa.gov
 
Phil Fortunato
31st LD: includes Enumclaw, Buckley, Bonney Lake, Auburn, Sumner, Edgewood, South Prairie, Wilkeson and Carbonado
360 786-7660
phil.fortunato@leg.wa.gov
 
Brad Hawkins
12th LD: includes Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Twisp, Winthrop, Leavenworth
360 786-7622
brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov
 
Randi Becker
2nd LD: includes Eatonville, Yelm, Orting, Graham, Roy, Rainier
360 786-7602 305
randi.becker@leg.wa.gov
 
Lynda Wilson
17th LD: includes Brush Prairie, Orchards, Cascade Park East (Clark County)
360 786-7632
lynda.wilson@leg.wa.gov
 
Curtis King
14th LD: includes Stevenson, White Salmon, Naches, Goldendale, Tieton, Roosevelt
360 786-7626
curtis.king@leg.wa.gov
 
Barbara Bailey
10th LD: includes Stanwood, Camamo Island, Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, La Connor
360 786-7618
barbara.bailey@leg.wa.gov
 
 
ATTEND WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY!
 
2016 LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
October 21-22 | Hotel Red Lion | Olympia
 
We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Olympia this Friday and Saturday! Delegates will be debating and voting on a slate of issues submitted by your fellow members, in addition to receiving professional development and training on advocacy. These issues will set the next two-year legislative platform, including the Top 5.
 
Thank you to all for your active participation in this important grassroots process!
 

 

WA STATE PTA LEGISLATIVE PLATFORMS

2016-2018 Legislative Platform (Top Five)
Social Emotional Learning*
Amply Fund Basic Education*
Closing the Opportunity Gap*
Standards for Paraeducators*
Breakfast after the Bell*

Issues Also Supported( listed alphabetically)
Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children*
Engaging Families in Student Success
Post-Secondary Higher Education*
Removing Barriers to Implementing ECEAP
Restorative Justice and School Safety

*2015-16 legislative issues

New Long-Term Resolutions (as of 2016)
Child Sex Trafficking
Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, and Dyspraxia and their Educational Impact
Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Contaminants in Schools

WSPTA Bill Tracker Report, as of 2/19/17


2017 Legislative Platform handout
      (updated January 2017)


 


LONG-TERM
Resolutions: These outline the opinion and will of WSPTA to address statewide problems.

Legislative principles: These give long-term guidance to our legislative advocacy and can be updated at the fall legislative assembly.
SHORT-TERM
Priority platform, “Top 5”: This short-term platform sets priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Issues are voted onto the platform for 2 years. In year one of the 2-year platform cycle, delegates decide the Top 5 priorities. In year two, delegates may update positions, or add to the Also Supported list. This priority platform is established by voting delegates at the Annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly. Legislative assembly will be in October. All PTAs are welcome. Delegates must be present to vote.